Friday, 05 February 2010 00:00
William Biel, former English teacher and track and field coach at Great Neck South Senior High School and English professor at Hofstra University, passed away at age 82 on Jan. 24, 2010. After his retirement from teaching, he continued to coach track at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and Garden City High School.
Born in Canton, OH, he starred in football and basketball in high school and played for Ohio State and Northwestern Universities. He went to the 1949 Rose Bowl with his Northwestern team. As a young man, he was a camper, counselor and mountain guide at Camp Paradox in the Adirondacks.
He leaves behind his wife and three children and a lifetime of devotion to his students and his profession. Donations may be made in his honor to the Special Olympics, www.specialolympics.org, 202-824-0373.